Posted by: smstrouse | June 7, 2016

Pluralism Summer: Week 1


Each Sunday, a speaker from different religious/ spiritual/ philosophical tradition will address this timely question within an interspiritual service.
Those of all faiths or no faith are welcome!

Sunday, June 12 @5:00 PM
First United Lutheran Church
2097 Turk Street (@ Lyon), San Francisco

June 12       Swami Ramananda, Integral Yoga Institute San Francisco
President of the Integral Yoga Institute and greatly respected senior teacher in the Integral Yoga tradition, which is a synthesis of the various branches of Yoga.

June 19       Rita Semel, Temple Emanu-El
Co-founder: Interfaith Center at the Presidio, United Religions Initiative, and the San Francisco Interfaith Council


June 26       Dr. Peter Erlenwein
Peter Erlenwein is a sociopsychologist and transpersonal therapist from Germany. His work and life has been deeply inspired by his decade long intercultural studies in India and Namiba and his collaboration with laureates of the Alternative Nobel Prize in Germany. He has recently written a book called And I Saw the Heavens Open: Spirituality This Side and Beyond Religion.

July 3          Ed Driskill and Jim Lichti, First Mennonite Church of San Francisco

July 10        Dolores White, Baha’i Community of Martinez, CA
Former board member Interfaith Center at the Presidio and the Contra Costa County Interfaith Council. Certified Laughter Yoga leader.

17               Middle Circle

24              TBA

July 31        Laura Magnani, American Friends Service Committee
Director of AFSC’s Bay Area Healing Justice Program. Author of America’s First Penitentiary: A 200 Year Old Failure; co-author of AFSC publication, “Beyond Prisons: A New Interfaith Paradigm for Our Failed Prison System.”

August 7        TBA

August 14       Mark Carlson, Director of the Lutheran Office of Public Policy–CA

August 21       TBA

August 28             Hatice Yildiz, Pacifica Institute
Doctoral student, Graduate Theological Union

Pluralism Summer is an initiative of First United Lutheran Church, a progressive church, rooted in the Reformation tradition, which says that the church, our worship, and our music must always be re-forming. We believe that it’s more important to ask the questions than to know all the answers.

We believe that, as theologian Hans Kung wrote:
“There will be no peace among the nations until there is peace among the religions.  There will be no peace among the religions until there is dialogue among the religions.”

At First United, we believe our wisdom will only be enhanced by continued conversation with all of our neighbors. Together we work for peace, justice, and the good of all people and all creation.

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